APMA and AOPA submitted a joint letter on December 5 to CMS expressing concern regarding the proposed changes to the DMEPOS Quality Standards, specifically on the changes that address custom fabricated shoe inserts for diabetic patients.
Friday December 15 is the deadline for you to sign up and complete all of the forms if you plan to use the registry to submit MIPS components (for most, that means ACI and/or CPIA) for performance year 2017.
As a reminder, December is the last month for eligible clinicians to perform measures for any of the three performance categories for the MIPS 2017 Performance Period, which ends on December 31.
In a major development for APMA's VA Provider Equity Act, the bill was adopted Wednesday as an amendment to the bipartisan Senate Caring for our Veterans Act of 2017, legislation that would renew funding for the program that allows veterans to receive health care at non-VA facilities when appropriate care is not readily accessible at a local VA facility.
APMA wants members to be aware of important deadlines in effect for candidates who completed a Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME)-approved residency of fewer than three years in duration but are not yet certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery.
APMA submitted comments to CMS addressing the ongoing field-testing of episode-based cost measures for MIPS physicians.
The 17th Annual Joint National Podiatric Carrier Advisory Committee (CAC)-Private Insurance Advisory Committee (PIAC) meeting was held November 10–11 in Baltimore.
CMS will roll out the new Medicare cards to patients mid-April 2018, removing the patient’s Social Security Number (SSN) Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) and replacing it with a new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI).
In response to a joint letter AOPA and APMA submitted to CMS regarding the milling of custom therapeutic inserts, and related efforts, CMS has issued a proposed change to the Quality Standards effective January 1, 2018.
As part of APMA Scope-of-Practice Initiatives, the Center for Professional Advocacy awarded Innovation Grants to eight state components.
The 17th Annual Joint National Podiatric Carrier Advisory Committee (CAC)-Private Insurance Advisory Committee (PIAC) Representatives’ Meeting will be held later this week in Baltimore.
Two new rules published November 2, 2017, by CMS will affect podiatrists' payments in 2018 and 2020.
APMA submitted a comment letter last week on Wednesday, October 25, in response to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) request for information on its proposed Draft Strategic Plan 2018–22.
Do you have questions about the APMA Registry, our new member benefit that will help save you thousands of dollars in Medicare reimbursements? Learn more in the recorded version of the "MACRA Made Easy: Registry Reporting" APMA's webinar coming soon.
A new set of FAQs addresses the MIPS quality payment program. It is available on the MACRA resource page, along with other valuable MACRA-related tools.
APMA's Bylaws and Procedures Committee has drafted proposed changes to the bylaws, which would be considered by the 2018 House of Delegates and enacted by procedures modifications at the 2019 House of Delegates meeting. APMA is seeking feedback from members on these proposed changes. Feedback is due November 30, 2017.
The 17th Annual Joint National CAC-PIAC Representatives' Meeting will take place November 10–11 in Baltimore. If you have insurance or reimbursement concerns you would like to be discussed during the meeting, contact the Health Policy and Practice department. All state component executive directors are invited to attend.
Young physicians from across the country came together for leadership training and networking this past weekend at the 2017 Young Physicians’ Institute at PICA headquarters in Franklin, TN.
Register today for APMA’s upcoming webinar, “Special CEO Briefing: Young Physician Advocacy,” hosted by APMA CEO and Executive Director James R. Christina, DPM, on December 5 at 1 p.m. ET! All young physician members are invited and encouraged to attend.
APMA Educational Foundation Scholarship recipients thank the APMA Educational Foundation for investing in their education.
CMS is announcing the results of the first Qualifying APM Participant (QP) determinations based on eligible clinician participation in the 2017 Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs). APMA encourages members to use the new interactive look-up tool where many 2017 Advanced APM participants can look up their QP status based on calculations from claims with dates of service between January 1, 2017, and March 31, 2017, for the first QP snapshot.
Effective as of October 1, there are more than 750 changes to ICD-10 made by CMS. Specifically for foot and ankle specialists, the changes break down as follows:
APMA has a new professional purchase program for members: Wool Fresh is offering an 80-percent discount on all products available on the Wool Fresh website: www.woolfresh.com.
APMA celebrated a major advocacy victory this week when CMS withdrew proposed rule CMS-6012-P, which would have required previously exempted, qualified practitioners including podiatrists to obtain additional certification and licensing to furnish and fabricate orthotics and prosthetics.
Effective October 1 are 750 changes to ICD-10 made by CMS.
APMA encourages members to use our Opioid Use and Abuse Prevention resource page, which includes a drug abuse screening test, CDC guidelines for prescribing, a state reference manual and more. The special publication and our resources support APMA’s resolutions.
APMA submitted a comment letter last week on Monday, September 11, in response to CMS’ proposed rule for the CY 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.
APMA is saddened to announce that Past President Jerry D. Brant, DPM, passed away September 17 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
While CMS is permitting providers to “Pick Your Pace” for MIPS reporting and participation in 2017, if you are planning select the full participation option and participate for 90 days, the last day to start is October 2.
CMS has updated its Medicare fraud and improper payment audit process to target providers and suppliers who frequently demonstrate high medical billing error rates. The new Targeted Probe and Educate method replaces a medical review strategy that included broad medical billing investigations and provider education.
CDC has released Get Ahead of Sepsis, a national effort to encourage health-care professionals, patients, and caregivers to prevent infections, be alert to the signs of sepsis, and act fast if sepsis is suspected. Use the online toolkit to participate.
APMA submitted comments to CMS on August 21 in response to its proposed rule on CY 2018 Updates to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) and MIPS Year 2, which will impact Medicare payments made to physicians in 2020.
To receive your continuing education certificate of attendance and verification report, you must complete the overall meeting evaluation. Follow the below instructions to do so.
APMA staff and members from the Massachusetts Podiatric Medical Society (MPMS) recently attended the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), August 6–9 in Boston. NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation's 50 states, commonwealths, and territories.
On August 10, the DME Medicare Administrative Contractors (DME MACs) updated its previous guidance on Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) A5513. The latest joint bulletin from the DME MACs clarified that the A5513 insoles must be made from a direct molding of patient’s foot or a model of the patient’s foot.
Clinicians can now submit quality payment program hardship exception applications. The Quality Payment Program Hardship Exception Application for the 2017 transition year is now available on the Quality Payment Program website.
As APMA wraps up its own career awareness campaign, #OperateLikeAGirl, we’d like to introduce you to a new social media effort spearheaded by the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM). The #IChosePodiatry campaign is a great way to feature members and the profession as a positive choice for prospective students. Check out AACPM’s Instagram account to see how it works (and see who has already participated!).
In an ongoing effort to encourage members to engage in public health initiatives, APMA invites you to start planning how you will participate in two exciting events: the American Public Health Association's (APHA) Get Ready Day on September 19; and Falls Prevention Awareness Day on September 22.
Representatives from APMA met with representatives from CMS’ Center for Program Integrity (CPI) on August 2 to discuss APMA’s position on Proposed Rule CMS-6012-P.
The DME Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) and the Pricing, Data Analysis and Coding (PDAC) contractor have posted a recent update on the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) A5513, which, arguably, appears to be in conflict with current practice and guidance.
APMA Health Policy and Practice will be exhibiting at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Legislative Summit in Boston, August 6–9.
The VA Provider Equity Act (HR 1058) was passed unanimously in the House on July 24. The APMA-crafted legislation aims to resolve ongoing recruitment and retention issues for podiatrists employed by the Veterans Health Administration (VA).
July 19 marked an important milestone for APMA's VA Provider Equity Act, as the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) indicated their support for the bill in a letter to its primary sponsor, Rep. Brad Wenstrup, DPM (R-OH).
A graduate student at Kent State University is seeking assistance from podiatrists as he conducts research on falls prevention.
The Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association (JAPMA) has released the first podcast in its new series.
CMS released the CY 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) proposed rule last week, with a related fact sheet. APMA is in the process of evaluating the rule’s impact on our members.
APMA continues to build the capabilities of its registry. One of these capabilities will be to accept claims data.
Applicable manufacturers and Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs) collectively reported $8.18 billion in payments and ownership and investment interests to physicians and teaching hospitals in 2016.
To highlight the benefits of pursuing podiatry as a career, APMA has created #OperateLikeAGirl. This social media campaign, which will run throughout the month of July, will feature one, female podiatrist each week.
Eligible professionals who did not successfully meet meaningful use requirements in 2016 and would like to apply for a hardship exception for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program must do so by July 1, 2017. Payment adjustments will occur in 2018 for the 2016 program year.
Attendees at The National can choose from four workshops to enhance their education experience in Nashville.
Last week, APMA responded to CMS’ request for information seeking recommendations to increase CMS Flexibilities and Efficiencies.
The National is an incredible event for early-career physicians. Consider these numbers ...
During the APMA State Advocacy Forum, the Center for Professional Advocacy announced it will award innovation grants to state component societies in states that already include the ankle in their scope of practice.
Two key APMA committees met in the Washington, DC, area last week to discuss current reimbursement issues and how to help APMA members protect their bottom line.
APMA’s Center for Professional Advocacy (CPA) held its biennial State Advocacy Forum in Salt Lake City this past weekend. More than 60 participants attended, including liaisons from 32 states, APMA board members, CPAAG members, and this year’s three recipients of APMA’s Young Physician Advocate Scholarship.
APMA’s Coding Committee and Health Policy and Practice Committee will convene later this week to review ongoing reimbursement issues and set their committee agendas for the 2017–18 program year.
CMS is currently sending letters directly to providers on whether or not they are exempted from MIPS reporting.
APMA’s new data registry has been approved by CMS as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry for 2017!
APMA members are reminded that CMS issued a notice in March that changes to the Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage (ABN), Form CMS-R-131, and form instructions have been approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for renewal. The effective date for use of this ABN form is June 21.
Thirty-two state components and more than 60 state leaders will attend the APMA State Advocacy Forum later this week in Salt Lake City. With a theme of “Advocacy Innovation,” forum attendees will explore creative techniques to advance the profession at the state level.
Be one of the lucky ones to get a seat at the APMA Practice Management Expo & Coding Seminar where you'll earn up to 11 CECH in a small group setting.
Today, APMA Treasurer Seth Rubenstein, DPM, and APMA member Steven Goldman, DPM, testified before the House Committee on Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health about the impact physician pay disparity has on veterans' ability to access quality foot and ankle care. Watch their testimony, and take a moment to contact your own legislator to reinforce their efforts.
May 2 at 2 p.m. EDT, American Board of Podiatric Medicine (ABPM) President Steve Goldman, DPM, will testify before the VA House Committee, Subcommittee on Health about key legislation that would help to address ongoing delays in access to quality care at the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).
APMA submitted comments to CMS on April 24, addressing the proposed cost measures for episode groups for MIPS reporting in 2018. The bulk of APMA’s comments focused on the acute inpatient medical condition episode groups, the chronic condition episode groups, and the procedural episode groups, as we believe those are most inclusive and readily usable by podiatric physicians.
The period for physician review and dispute of 2016 Open Payments data ends on May 15. While physicians are not required to review this data, it is strongly recommended that they do so and file any disputes prior to the May 15 deadline, as the data will be published on the Open Payments website on June 30.
The Council on Podiatric Medical Education invites interested individuals to apply for the at-large position available in 2017 by June 15.
APMA is proud to announce the following recipients of the Young Physician Advocate Scholarship, to attend the 2017 APMA State Advocacy Forum, May 12–13: Alicia Canzanese, DPM; Jonathon Rouse, DPM; and Tyler Tidwell, DPM.
Join the AACPM DPM Mentor Network to help ensure a bright future for podiatry.
APMA congratulates the Arizona Podiatric Medical Association (AzPMA) on a job well done. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey (R) recently signed into law a bill that expands podiatrists’ scope of practice in that state to include amputations.
For practices choosing to report for MIPS as a group via the CMS Web Interface, you must register by June 30. Under MIPS, there are six data submission methods, including the CMS Web Interface (formerly known as the GPRO Web Interface).
APMA Executive Director and CEO James R. Christina, DPM, explains how to avoid a MIPS penalty.
APMA Coding Resource Center (CRC) subscribers now have direct access to CodinglineSILVER-level benefits via the CRC. New benefits include the option to receive daily emails with coding queries and access to the Codingline Forum—including the ability to submit foot and ankle coding, reimbursement, and practice management questions.
Attend the next “Coding: Back to Basics” webinar on April 20, featuring a MACRA and MIPS panel discussion, and learn how to put extra money in your pocket.
Anyone seeking a residency position is welcome to contact APMA Director of Communications Peggy Tresky for a complimentary classified ad on APMA.org.
The APMA House of Delegates secured PICA’s $25,000 matching grant by raising more than $100,000 at the house. Visit www.apma.org/donate and donate today to support our students.
John Evans, DPM, was honored with the Award of Excellence on Sunday, March 19. Dr. Evans was nominated by Crystal Holmes, DPM, president of the Michigan Podiatric Medical Association.
The 97th APMA House of Delegates (HOD) meeting convened yesterday in Washington, DC.
Ira Kraus, DPM, was installed as the president of APMA on Sunday, March 19, by APMA Past President Michael J. King, DPM.
APMA President R. Daniel Davis, DPM, presented Timothy Tillo, DPM, with the Distinguished Service Citation on Saturday at the 97th Annual APMA House of Delegates meeting in Washington, DC.
As the House of Representatives debates a repeal of the Affordable Care Act and enactment of the American Health Care Act, APMA, representing the vast majority of the nation’s more than 17,000 podiatric physicians, reaffirms its commitment to the following principles of health-care reform:
APMA submitted comments to both First Coast Service Operations (FCSO) and Novitas on March 9, addressing their problematic proposed Draft Local Coverage Determinations (LCD) for Wound Care, DL37166 and DL35125, respectively.
APMA submitted formal comments on March 10 to CMS’ proposed rule, which would change the certification requirements for suppliers and physicians furnishing and fabricating certain prosthetics and custom orthotics.
APMA encourages its members to continue to monitor and engage with their local MAC. For more information or questions, contact your CAC representative.
Last week, APMA’s staff met with the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) leadership to discuss ways to collaborate, as well as meeting with Congressman Tim Walberg (R-MI, 7th Congressional District) to discuss our concerns.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the attestation deadline for providers participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program to Monday, March 13, at 11:59 p.m. PT.
Have you registered for the 2017 State Advocacy Forum, May 12–13 in Salt Lake City? APMA will award three scholarships to young physicians to attend!
For timely reimbursements, you must know how to code your patient encounters properly. The “Coding: Back to Basics” webinar series recently conducted a webinar on Evaluation and Management (E/M) codes.
The Council on Podiatric Medical Education last week completed its regularly scheduled review by the United States Department of Education (USDE).
In response to a CMS request, APMA submitted a podiatric specialty measure set for the MIPS Quality Performance Category for podiatrists to use in 2018. Under MIPS, eligible professionals, such as podiatrists, are required to report six quality measures, including one outcome measure or if one is not available, a high priority measure.
Early this morning the US Senate confirmed Rep. Tom Price, MD (R-GA), as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.
APMA is in the process of addressing a proposed rule that, other things, would establish new requirements for practitioners who might to wish to furnish and fabricate durable medical equipment (DME) directly to patients.
APMA's social media campaign #CozyToezy launches today for the entire month of February. This social media campaign is intended to engage and educate our followers about the importance of proper socks.
As previously reported, APMA has been working over the past year and half to resolve APMA members’ ongoing issues with Humana Medicare Advantage plans’ blanket denials of at-risk foot care claims with the -59 modifier.
With MACRA and its Merit-based Incentive Program (MIPS) starting this year, APMA members are encouraged to take advantage of the many opportunities available to learn more about MIPS, APMs, and receiving incentive payments.
Elizabeth Beale, MD, endocrinologist at the University of Southern California, is looking for a podiatric surgeon to accompany her on a week-long visit to the remote, medically underserved Pacific island of Kiritimati, or “Christmas Island,” south of Honolulu, to assist with diabetes care.
Going to the 2017 NYSPMA Clinical Conference this week and/or weekend? Stop by APMA’s booth, #1515!
Social media has woven its way into every part of our lives, including health care. According to MediaBistro.com, 40 percent of those surveyed reported information they see via social media impacts how they handle their health. How are you using social media to help promote your practice?
HMP Communications (HMP) and the North American Center for Continuing Medical Education (NACCME), executors of the annual Symposium on Advanced Wound Care (SAWC) Spring and Fall meetings, are again offering a Wound Care Podiatrist Scholarship. The scholarship is open to any APMA member who has demonstrated exceptional clinical skills and an intense dedication to caring for patients with wounds.
APMA submitted comments to CMS on December 19 regarding the finalized rule for the Medicare Quality Payment Programs, the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APMs).
Practicing medicine today is so extremely challenging that we often spend a lot of energy focusing on all that is wrong with our current health-care delivery system.
All resolutions must be submitted to APMA Executive Director and CEO James R. Christina, DPM, by January 18, 2017.
The National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners (NBPME) commissioned a practice analysis study to update the Part I & II Examinations.
CMS has released the final CY 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. APMA will review the information during this weekend's 16th Annual Joint CAC-PIAC Meeting.
APMA's Diabetes Campaign, "Diabetes: A Path to Poor Circulation?", is up and running.
This morning, CMS announced the final rule implementing the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM) provisions in MACRA, which are collectively known as the Quality Payment Program.
Notice to members during Hurricane Matthew 2016.
When ICD-10 was adopted on October 1, 2015, CMS instructed Medicare contractors to not deny claims billed under the Part B physician fee schedule through either automated medical review or complex medical record review based solely on the specificity of the ICD-10 diagnosis code as long as the provider used a valid code from the correct family. This policy will end on October 1, 2016.
In response to a number of questions and feedback from members, APMA has created an FAQ page, with a printable PDF version, for the final section 1557 notification. View the document today to prepare your office for the October 16 compliance deadline.
CMS announced today that it will allow physicians participating in MACRA’s Quality Payment Program four options to comply with the first year of the law and avoid penalties. APMA, along with other physician specialties, have called on CMS to delay implementation and provide more flexibility in the program.
You can now view many of the lectures from The National 2016.
APMA submitted comments on the proposed rule by CMS and the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) on Monday, August 29.
Visit the APMA Coding Resource Center now and experience the site's first major redesign since its 2009 launch.
The Private Insurance Resource Guide (PIRG) is an online, detailed guide just for members on elements of insurance related to the practice of podiatry.
Online library of lectures on topics especially for residents. Free for members. Subscription required.
APMA News Brief is sent to members each Thursday.
The 2015 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) feedback reports will be available in September for individual eligible professionals (EPs) and PQRS group practices. The 2015 Annual Quality and Resource Use Reports (QRURs) will also be available in September for groups with two or more EPs and solo practitioners.
Check out last week's most-clicked APMA News Brief story.
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APMA presented on social media to a standing room only crowd.
CMS released the CY 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) proposed rule last week. APMA is currently in process of evaluating the rule’s impact on our members.
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APMA is pleased to announce that Dyane Tower, DPM, will join the APMA staff as the new director of Clinical Affairs in early October.
APMA submitted comments to CMS on June 27 addressing concerns with the proposed rule implementing the new Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs) established by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).
EIDM users must recertify their accounts annually. This year, the EIDM Security Official (SO) or Individual Practitioner must recertify by Thursday, June 30.
APMA recently updated members on how it’s addressing AAOS’s efforts to derail the VA Provider Equity Act. Take a look at the timeline below for a quick rundown of events to bring you up to the present.
CMS invites the public to join an upcoming listening session on June 8, 12-1 p.m. EDT, to learn more about the Resource Use performance category, part of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) proposed in the recently released MACRA Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM).
The APMA Coding Committee will meet on Friday, June 3, to discuss hot topics in coding, including ICD-10, X modifiers, global day post-op evaluations, and CPT updates.
Join CMS for a webinar on the comparative billing report on Podiatry: Nail Debridement and Evaluation and Management (E/M) Services (CBR201608), Wednesday, June 22, from 3–4:30 p.m. EDT.
APMA is pleased to report two recent reimbursement victories with Humana and Cigna.
Get five key lessons from this unique event, and watch for details about future PM Expo dates.
The APMA Coding Resource Center (CRC) is the single best foot and ankle coding tool available, customized to meet your needs as a foot and ankle specialist. Look for new design and better loading speeds this summer.
APMA’s legislation to recognize podiatrists as physicians within the Veterans Health Administration—the VA Provider Equity Act—is in danger of failing after being left out of the Senate’s VA omnibus bill, the Veterans First Act.
APMA is evaluating the proposed rule from CMS on physician payment reform.
Recently, a number of APMA members have expressed concerns to APMA on the possible reduction in reimbursement they might face, under the Medicare film/cassette imaging service payment reduction provision in the 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act.
Help a student out today at www.apma.org/donate.
Strong concerns about student recruitment—specifically, a low applicant pool—were raised at the APMA House of Delegates meeting in March.
APMA sponsored a briefing on Capitol Hill underscoring for legislators and staffers the critical importance of podiatrists in diabetic limb salvage and promoting the Helping Ensuring Life- and Limb-Saving Access to Podiatric Physicians (HELLPP) Act.
Paul Kinberg, DPM, was honored with the Award of Excellence on Sunday, March 20. Dr. Kinberg was nominated by Leslie Campbell, DPM. The award is presented to members in good standing in recognition of outstanding national accomplishments in scientific, professional, or civic endeavors. Nominees must have demonstrated outstanding service to APMA.
The APMA House of Delegates took time on Saturday to honor the memory of past Delegate Oliver “Ollie” Foster, DPM, of California, who passed away last week. The APMAPAC Kaplan-Clarke-Foster Practice Management Seminar is named in honor of Dr. Foster, who was an avid supporter of the PAC.
APMA President Phillip. E. Ward, DPM, presented APMA Past President Joseph Caporusso, DPM, with the Distinguished Service Citation on Saturday at the 96th Annual APMA House of Delegates in Washington, DC.
Former APMA Executive Director and CEO honored at 2016 APMA House of Delegates meeting.
The 96th APMA House of Delegates (HOD) meeting convened yesterday in Washington, DC.
On Sunday, March 20, R. Daniel Davis, DPM, was installed as president of APMA by Marc Lederman, DPM. Dr. Davis addressed the house, outlining APMA’s accomplishments and his goals for the coming year. He promised his high energy and passion for podiatry as the cornerstone of his presidency.
APMA President Phillip E. Ward, DPM, honored Dyane Tower, DPM, MPH, MS, with the Rising Star Award on Saturday.
For those podiatrists looking for more in-depth learning than a standard lecture when they attend a foot and ankle conference, The National offers three hands-on workshops.
APMA members describe what they take back to their practice after attending The National.
Registry reporting remains a significant aspect of the CMS EHR Incentive Program and Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), and will continue to be into the future with the Merit-based Incentive Payment System. In order to meet meaningful use requirements (Objective 10 Measure 3) eligible professionals must submit their intent or connect to a specialty registry by today, February 29.
APMA is pleased to inform its members that HR 3016, the VA omnibus bill that includes APMA’s VA Provider Equity Act, has passed the US House of Representatives. Among other improvements to the VA health-care system, this legislation recognizes podiatrists as physicians and thus provides veterans with greater access to care provided by a podiatrist. Now is the time to use APMA eAdvocacy and urge your senators to do the right thing for veterans and pass the companion bill, S 2175.
APMA Executive Director and CEO James R. Christina, DPM, invites you to attend The National 2016.
APMA Director of Young Physicians’ Programs Nichol Salvo, DPM, testified on behalf of APMA before the US House Veterans Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Health, last week. Her focus was on how disparity within the VA hinders recruitment and retention of podiatrists.
SGR reform has now cleared the Senate after passing in the House nearly two weeks earlier. President Obama is expected to sign the legislation into law soon.
Americans may be ready to resume walking, running, and other outdoor sports this spring, but are their feet?
APMA’s 95th House of Delegates meeting convened in Washington, DC, on Saturday, March 21.
The 95th APMA House of Delegates (HOD) meeting convened yesterday in Washington, DC.
Frank Spinosa, DPM, presented his President’s Award to James A. Lamb, retired executive director of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery (ABFAS), in recognition of his 18-year tenure at ABFAS and his many contributions to the profession.
On Sunday, Phillip E. Ward, DPM, was installed as president by his daughter Meredith Ward, DPM. Dr. Ward addressed the House of Delegates and shared his goals for his presidency.
APMA is pleased to announce that James R. Christina, DPM, has been confirmed as its new executive director and CEO. Dr. Christina was selected after a lengthy national search process conducted by JDG Associates executive search firm and confirmed by the House of Delegates today during its annual meeting.
On March 19 leaders in the US House of Representatives and the US Senate released bipartisan, bicameral legislation to replace the broken Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula with an improved payment system that rewards quality, efficiency, and innovation. The bipartisan, bicameral bill seeks to end the cycle of annual ‘doc fix’ crises that have created uncertainty for millions of Medicare providers and beneficiaries for more than a decade and also create a system that promotes higher quality care for America’s seniors.
Several podiatrists from different states alerted APMA last week that they have been victims of tax scams and possible identify theft. After further research by APMA, it appears that the same or similar tax scam schemes have targeted all types of medical providers.
HR 1221/S 626, The Helping Ensure Life- and Limb-Saving Access to Podiatric Physicians (HELLPP) Act, was introduced to the 114th Congress on March 4 by US Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) in the Senate and US Reps. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) and Diana DeGette (D-CO) in the House. The bipartisan HELLPP Act includes multiple comprehensive reforms that will enable podiatric physicians to continue to save lives, limbs, and health-care dollars. The net result of implementing these common-sense provisions would be significant improvements to patient access to quality foot and ankle care and tremendous savings for the Medicaid and Medicare programs.
To enhance the already robust selection of tracks available through the educational program at The National, this year attendees will be able to receive additional focused knowledge through small group discussions hosted by APMA affiliates on Friday, July 24, from 1:30–5:30 p.m. The group discussions are designed for more intimate learning than general lectures and explore topics of specific interest to the affiliate host.
APMA recently submitted a comment letter to CMS on the policies outlined in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) proposed rule. Concerns expressed include podiatric physician participation in ACOs and Medicare beneficiaries’ right to receive care outside of an ACO.
The National Academies of Practice (NAP) is seeking nominations for deserving individuals to be inducted within its ranks. NAP is dedicated to affordable, accessible, coordinated quality health care for all. NAP believes that health-care practice that has an interprofessional foundation and addresses a person as a whole provides better health care and better preventive care.
CPME has approved new residency positions and a new residency program.
A second sample group of providers will have the opportunity to participate in ICD-10 end-to-end testing with Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) and the Common Electronic Data Interchange (CEDI) contractor April 26–May 1.
DME Medicare Administrative Contractors (MAC) published a notice stating that all four jurisdictions would be delaying implementation of recently finalized local coverage determinations (LCD) for pneumatic compression devices (PCDs). The scheduled effective date was November 1. DME MACs have not published a future effective date. These LCDs would have prevented podiatric physicians from prescribing PCDs regardless of the scope of practice in their respective states. The current LCD and related policy article will remain in effect.
The 2014 APMA Young Physicians’ Institute (YPI) took place October 10–12 in Franklin, TN, at the headquarters of the Podiatry Insurance Company of America (PICA). During the three day meeting, more than 50 young physicians, residents, podiatric medical students, and APMA Trustees gathered for leadership training, practice management advice, and networking.
APMA requests submissions from members who are interested in presenting a lecture(s) at the APMA 2015 Annual Scientific Meeting (The National), July 23–26 in Orlando, FL.
Kyle Bruce, DPM, is APMA's newest public health fellow. Applications for the 2015*8211;2016 fellowship are due November 7.
APMA submitted a comment letter to CMS on its proposed rule for the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) for CY 2015 on August 29. Under the MPFS proposed rule, podiatrists on average should expect to see no change to their estimated total allowed charges in 2015.
APMA submitted a comment letter to CMS on its proposed rule for the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) for CY 2015 on August 29. Under the MPFS proposed rule, podiatrists on average should expect to see no change to their estimated total allowed charges in 2015.
APMA’s DME Workgroup recently obtained clarification concerning the requirements for posting and maintaining hours of operation for DME physician suppliers.
APMA has aggressively lobbied Congress to resolve the ongoing pay disparity faced by podiatrists employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Now, we need our members to take the torch and continue to advocate while Congress is on recess.
The National will have two opportunities for attendees to gain hands-on training from renowned experts with an ultrasound workshop and ankle arthroscopy workshop. Attendance is limited, so register today!
CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on May 20 that would allow providers participating in the EHR Incentive Programs (meaningful use) to use the 2011 Edition of certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) for calendar and fiscal year 2014.
The US House and Senate are expected to approve a one-year "doc fix" this week to keep Medicare payment levels at their current level and avert the 24-percent payment cut scheduled to take effect April 1. The bill also includes a one-year delay for the ICD-10 transition.
The APMA Educational Foundation officially launched its 2014 Giving Campaign during the House of Delegates meeting with a goal of awarding $200,000 in scholarships to eligible third- and fourth-year students at the colleges of podiatric medicine.
Several key initiatives were addressed at the 94th House of Delegates.
APMA’s 94th House of Delegates meeting today welcomed several special guests to the meeting.
APMA Executive Director and CEO Glenn B. Gastwirth, DPM, announced that he will extend his commitment to APMA by a year. In December 2013, Dr. Gastwirth announced plans to retire in May 2015.
Frank Spinosa, DPM, was installed as APMA president at the 2014 House of Delegates.
APMA Executive Director and CEO Glenn B. Gastwirth, DPM, presented his Executive Director's Award to Merz North America during the 2014 APMA House of Delegates meeting.
APMA President Matthew Garoufalis, DPM, honored US Rep Brad Wenstrup, DPM (R-OH), during the 2014 APMA House of Delegates meeting with the President's Award in honor of Dr. Wenstrup's outstanding achievements.
HELLPP Act language that was included in Senate Medicare SGR reform bill was dropped in the compromise bill, but there is still opportunity for podiatric medicine in other legislation.
Comedian Greg Schwem will be the opening speaker for the APMA 2014 Annual Scientific Meeting in Honolulu, July 24-27.
APMA and the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons met with representatives of the CMS Center for Program Integrity and Office of Legislation, and Congressman Danny Davis (D-IL) last Tuesday about the Physician Payment Sunshine Act (PPSA) in the congressman’s office.
Participate in PQRS by December 31, 2013, or your Medicare Part B payments will decrease by 1.5 percent in 2015. Participation is easy; follow these steps to ensure you don't lose money.
APMA’s Health Policy and Practice department introduces a new resource for Medicare provider and DMEPOS supplier revalidation.
The Physician Payment Sunshine Act (OPEN PAYMENTS), section 6002 of the Affordable Care Act, requires drug, medical device, biological, and medical supply manufacturers to publicly report to CMS payments and other transfers of value made to physicians, including podiatrists.
APMA is strongly opposed to CMS’ arbitrary omission of CPME from a list of accrediting and certifying entities under a Physician Payment Sunshine Act (PPSA) regulation that exempts indirect payments made to speakers at accredited or certified continuing medical education (CME) programs from reporting requirements.
A new proposed rule from the Department of Defense would allow podiatrists to prescribe and dispense durable medical equipment (DME). This is a regulation APMA has sought to change for more than five years.
Beginning this Thursday, August 1, the Physician Payment Sunshine Act (PPSA), a section of the Affordable Care Act, requires manufacturers of drugs, devices, biologicals, or medical supplies to start collecting data consisting of payments and other transfers of value made to physicians, including podiatrists.
APMA is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 APMA Annual Scientific Meeting Abstract Competition.
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld shares his story of how an APMA member podiatrist ended his 30-year struggle with heel pain.
Matthew G. Garoufalis, DPM shares his thoughts on what APMA members can do to help address the podiatric residency shortage.
Learn how APMA and CPME are working to address the podiatric residency shortage.
The House of Delegates heard from a task force that has been considering the future of the house and potential changes to the governing body of the association and its meetings.
APMA has answered frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the Physician Payment Sunshine Act (PPSA). PPSA requires drug, medical device, biological, and medical supply manufacturers to disclose to CMS certain payments and other transfers of value made to physicians, including DPMs.
Due to partisan gridlock in Washington, D.C., the federal government will encounter an automatic budget "sequester" starting March 1, 2013. Learn more about how these budget cuts will impact APMA members and podiatric physicians.
APMA alerts podiatrists that CMS published the final rule implementing the Physician Payment Sunshine Act (PPSA) on February 8.
APMA recently held a productive meeting with the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) within the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
In a landslide victory, Brad Wenstrup, DPM, has won the Ohio second district congressional race by a 59-41 percent vote. Dr. Wenstrup is the first ever podiatrist to be elected to the US House of Representatives and APMA congratulates him on this victory.
APMA is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 APMA Annual Scientific Meeting Abstract Competition. First place winners receive $1000, second place winners receive $500, and third-place winners receive $250.
APMA responds to the Supreme Court's ruling upholding most of the Affordable Care Act.
The Society for Vascular Surgery has approved membership for podiatrists in the same category as other physicians who are not vascular surgeons.